Empire Shattering Ratings Records For Seventh Straight Week

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If you were watching TV last night, chances are you were watching Empire as the show had its seventh consecutive week of rising ratings, this week adding another 1 million viewers to its audience.

On Wednesday, “Empire” approached the 14-million mark while growing yet again in the key young-adult demo of adults 18-49 (up a tick to a 5.3 rating/15 share), according to Nielsen national estimates. In 18-49, it bested the night’s former champ, ABC’s “Modern Family,” by more than 50%.

“Empire” has now grown seven consecutive weeks in total viewership since its Jan. 7 premiere: 9.90 million (Jan. 7), 10.32 million (Jan. 14), 11.07 million (Jan. 21), 11.35 million (Jan. 28), 11.47 million (Feb. 4), 11.96 million (Feb. 18), 13.02 million (Feb. 18) and now a preliminary 13.8 million.

And in adults 18-49, it’s been up six times in those seven weeks: 3.8/11, 4.0/12, 4.4/13, 4.3/13, 4.6/14, 4.8/15; 5.2/15; and now a preliminary 5.3/15.

Last week, “Empire” moved ahead of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” as the week’s top broadcast series in 18-49 for the first time (5.2 vs. 4.5). Only AMC’s “The Walking Dead” topped it overall (6.9 rating).

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